We believe that if you give the land the respect it deserves, the land will return the favor. That means we use our best vineyard practices and natural, sustainable farming techniques at all times.
For our day-to-day farming, we work with Pete Richmond and the team at Silverado Farming. Pete Richmond adopted a natural wine-growing philosophy in the early 1980s and remains a leader in research and experimentation.
We designed and planted our vineyard with rootstocks and clones appropriate to the local soil and climate to minimize future problems. Extensive use of compost increases soil fertility, while the planting of cover crops replenishes soil, suppresses weeds, supports beneficial insects and conserves water. We also irrigate at night to reduce evaporation loss.
To control pests and rodents, we place raptor roosts around the vineyard to encourage natural predators like owls. They work for food, not wages.
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Grassi Wine Company is a proud member of 1% for the Planet. All businesses in this association commit to donating 1% of their net revenues to efforts that protect and restore our natural environment.
1% for the Planet was launched in 2001 by Yvon Chouinard, environmental activist and founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies. These visionary businessmen have inspired others to join together to help solve the environmental crisis and build successful companies at the same time.